Different Educational Options
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Here you will find a list of different educational options with a description and some important links
Defining the term isn't easy because a co-op can encompass a variety of learning options. At its core, a homeschooling cooperative is made up of several families who meet regularly at libraries, churches, community centers, or homes, and work together toward similar goals, which can be based on socialization, education, activities, or any combination of these.
For some families, co-ops simply fill the gaps of homeschooling by allowing for enrichment activities or aiding in socialization for their homeschooled children. They may meet once a week or once a month for full- or part-time schedules. The focus is often on the electives or extracurriculars offered by traditional schools that homeschooled kids might miss. They also focus on socialization, which is especially important for children whose exposure to other kids may be limited when being homeschooled.
Another option for a co-op includes several parents working within the confines of a set curriculum to educate their children together. They often switch off, whether by subject or day, and take turns educating each other's children. This “we help one another" approach helps parents by shifting and sharing the responsibility of educating their children.
What is eclectic homeschooling?
What is eclectic style homeschooling? The eclectic homeschool style is a popular method also known as relaxed homeschooling. This home school method mixes and matches different homeschooling resources instead of using a traditional homeschool curriculum and can include child-led learning. Eclectic homeschoolers use learning like a DIY buffet where they pick and choose the best options from each learning resource.
What eclectic homeschool is:
Unique homeschooling, tailored to each child’s learning style
Mixing and matching and using different homeschool curricula, educational resources, online classes, and learning tools for home school
Learning as you go and seeing everything as a learning opportunity
Picking and choosing different parts of a curriculum or course that works best of your child
Following your child’s interests and incorporating those into learning
Incorporating real life experiences and hands-on learning
Understanding your child’s learning style and providing learning tools for that style
Being relaxed in how your child learns best
What eclectic homeschool is NOT:
One specific learning style (it involves many different learning styles and tools)
Using just one single homeschool curriculum for learning (but it can use parts of a homeschool curriculum)
Specific, strict homeschool schedules
One set standard on how to learn
Allowing children to do whatever they want, whenever they want
What is eclectic curriculum?
An eclectic homeschool curriculum takes into account a child’s interests and learning styles. Then, different educational tools and resources are built around how to help kids best learn using a personalized approach to learning. There is no specific eclectic homeschooling curriculum. You build it yourself!
You may believe that homeschooling is odd or that your grandchildren may not receive a proper education at home. We recommend that you review all the resources provided on this site before turning yourself off to homeschooling.You have wisdom and so much to teach to your grandchild / grandchildren. Education is so much more than schooling: words of wisdom, sewing, canning, making jam, and so many other skills that society has lost, is a gift that many grandparents can pass down to their grandchildren.
If you sent your children to public school and feel that they turned out just fine, we are here to tell you that your grandchildren will not be as lucky. Times have changed and schools have accelerated their damaging effects on children. Deciding to homeschool your grandchildren is the greatest gift that you can give to them. You will be saving them from a very corrupted system.
Homeschooling doesn't have to be difficult. There are many curriculums that make it extremely easy and there are even online schooling with teachers who give instruction -- all you would need to do is be the available adult while mom and dad are in school.
WHY SHOULD YOUR GRANDCHILDREN EXIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS?
1. Safety: Public schools mantra of "safe zones" is only an invitation for "undesirables" to bring guns and other weapons to campuses that may no longer be supported by school police if teachers' unions have their way. Schools are havens for bullying and fights as suspensions and expulsions become rare. Disruptive children can mouth off at principals without consequences. Where does that leave teach discipline? Teachers are told they must give all students "open space" to share their feelings. Teachers seeking to enforce classroom discipline are investigated by administrators.
2. Sexualization: The nation's new sex education curriculum pushed by Planned Parenthood exposes young children to what use to be called pornography. Now it is considered a curriculum. Send your grandchildren to public schools if you believe in child sex and the morality of the culture. Send your grandchildren to public schools if you want other adults to train them up in the pleasures of sex at the youngest of ages.
3. Indoctrination: Send your grandchildren to public schools if you wish to give them over to the State and radical teachers who wish to turn them against you, their own parents, and God. Send your grandchildren to public schools If you do not believe in family values (morality or God). Send your grandchildren to public schools if you believe that other adults are best equipped to nurture, care, and love them-something you do not desire to do!
If you feel that homeschooling your grandchildren isn't something that you can do at this time there are other ways that you can help out...
What can you do for your grandchildren?
1. Enroll them in private schools.
2. Help fund the education of your grandchildren.
3. Talk to your children about homeschooling.
4. Volunteer in the homeschooling of your grandchildren.
5. Watch your grandchildren a couple days a week.
For helpful resources:
Hire a Teacher
There are many teachers looking for work and many would be happy to homeschool your children.
You can hire them to homeschool your child 1 - 5 days a week in the comfort of your home or if self-employed, in your own place of work right where you can see all of them and enjoy them. Hired teachers can take your children on field trips and work around your schedule.
One of the founders of Public School Exit did her own research and hired an out-of-work teacher to homeschool her kids. She did not pay anywhere close to the rates listed on the sites below. Please consider being creative, running your own ad in a local paper and interviewing for this position should you decide that you want your own teacher. In addition, a room was made available at her place of work so that she had complete and full access to her children at all times. Another option is to hire an existing homeschool parent or partner with them in some manner. Be creative and think of ways you can spend time with your children and get a quality education.
Learning centers are spaces set aside in the home that allows easy access to a variety of learning materials in an interesting and productive manner.
This method uses activity areas where children explore ideas, discover consequences, and manipulate materials. It also provides children with opportunities to practice hands-on skills and social interaction (if done with other children or parent).
Learning Centers involve choices for children which makes them different than Learning Stations which are assigned by a teacher.
Play, manipulation and sensory learning (art, music, games and puzzles) are often the focus of Learning Centers.
Learning centers are usually designed to offer a variety of materials, books, manipulatives, and media through which children can work by themselves or with others.
Learning centers can have any number of designs, each limited only by your creativity and imagination. Feel free to work with your children in creating a center that they will want to use. Such shared responsibility assures that students have a sense of ownership in the center and will be more willing to engage in the resultant activities. Most teachers will agree that there are three different types of learning centers: enrichment centers, skill centers, and interest and exploratory centers.
This homeschool mom writes how she has organized her home by using learning centers.
Adena Foster, a homeschool mom of 20+ years shares how to do learning centers for younger children as she assists her older children.
Montessori is individually driven and focuses on independent learning revolving around self-directed activity, hands-on-learning and collaborative play. Maria Montessori, an Italian educator who lived from 1870-1952, developed this approach which focuses on moral behavioral, emotional and intellectual development
The adult is viewed as the facilitator who sets up the learning environment and then stays out of the way so the children’s owning impulse to learn is supported.Time for individual pursuits is important and activity stations are common. A non-traditional grading system is used.
https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling-styles/montessori.html Time4Learning link answers the question: What is the Montessori approach? The link shares how to use Montessori at home; a Montessori homeschool curriculum; and how Time4Learning works with the Montessori way of teaching.
One Room School House
In the, One-Room Schoolhouse method, all students, regardless of age, are educated in the same classroom at the same time. Once a classroom enrollment reaches 15 - 20 students, enrollment is closed out. Then a new classroom is started. There are no grade levels. For every classroom of 15 - 20 students, there is one highly qualified teacher and at least one parent volunteer.
Students are not pigeonholed into a grade level for academic subjects. The student learns and progresses based on their competency in each subject. This avoids the problem of an age and grade mismatch.
In short, you cannot make a child develop faster than they are naturally programmed to develop.
Much of student learning, especially in the early years, is developmental. Many students struggle simply because there is a mismatch between what they are ready to learn (based on maturity and developmental level) and what is expected of them to learn.
...a student who is ready for long division and multiplication can work the math
curriculum at that level. The same student might be learning to blend words with long and short vowels. This student might be 7 years old or 10 years old. Either is just fine.
At the One-Room Schoolhouse age has nothing to do with the curriculum and teaching provided to that student. Therefore, once competency is reached, the student continues to the next skill.
Subsequently, there is no need to wait for birthdays or to go to special classrooms for accelerated classes. Hence, no one needs to go to the reading room for special remedial reading instruction. Thus, no one suffers from social stigma or isolation. Everyone works together to learn.
Just 15 - 20 students of many ages learning together until competency have been reached in all subject areas.
A homeschooling family can do this within their home with just the children in their family or families can get together to make up one schoolhouse. It can be a more formal setting following the state's guidelines and the rental of a formal space or run like a co-op with the support of a home church.
A final note:
What is competency in all subject areas? That depends on the student and the parent. Really: Not everyone will leave high school with a solid grasp on Calculus. That is just fine. Parents and students work together to determine their desired educational outcomes.
A One-Room Schoolhouse will provide a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and instruction. The parents and the student will determine how deeply and in what way that education is consumed.
This is individualization and flexibility. One-room learning fits the curriculum to the student instead of the student to the curriculum.
Online education is education that takes place over the Internet. It is often referred to as E-Learning / Distance Learning / Cyber Schooling, etc.
The features of online learning are: 1) Flexibility 2) Reduced Costs 3) Networking Opportunities with peers 4) Provides Documentation 5) Increased Instructor-Student Time and 5) Access to Expertise.